Come to grips with Forester
NOT quite a ‘‘city car for dirty weekends’’, Subaru’s Forester SUV is still a versatile little diesel, writes KARLA PINCOTT HERE are a lot of reasons why you would buy the Subaru Forester 2.0 diesel, and really only a single one that might prevent you.
The hurdle is the sixspeed manual transmission, which is noticeably notchy when you first shake hands with it and, while it becomes more pleasant on further acquaintance, is hard to warm to.
But that out of the way, one of the first reasons to put the Forester on your compact SUV list is the new engine.
It’s the four-cylinder turbo-diesel boxer (flat) unit from the Outback, which claims a combined fuel economy of 6.4L/100km, dropping to 5.7L on the highway and still maintaining a creditable 7.5L around town.
That frugal thirst results in emissions of just 168g/km of CO2 (151g/km highway), which puts it well
Tin range of many mid-sized passenger cars.
But it’s no wimp, developing 108kW of power at 3600rpm and 350Nm of torque from 1800-2400rpm, with just 10Nm less at a very low 1600rpm.
That helps it to a 1600kg braked towing capacity, which is 200kg more muscle than its naturally aspirated petrol siblings.
And that torque is going to all four wheels with Subaru’s signature allwheel-drive system. PACKAGE AND SAFETY
The Forester is roomy for its size, with plenty of legroom front and rear, and ample cargo space for a few suitcases even before you think of putting the rear seat down.
The cabin is comfortable and well-designed, with the only downsides being the flattish seats, and Subaru’s insistence on a satin metallised dash insert that stands out loudly from what is otherwise a well-shaped sweep of dash.
LOT TO LIKE: The Forester is roomy for its size and it has ample cargo space for a few suitcases